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Professional development for teachers refers to the learning opportunities of teachers that aid them in improving their teaching methods, acknowledge their strengths and weaknesses, and work on improving them so that they can become better professionally.
Examples of Professional Development for teachers
Pursuing a Bachelor’s degree in Education is an example of professional development for teachers as it involves giving potential teachers hands-on training of the school environment and how they should manage their students, teach well, and keep the classroom environment effective.
Webinars are another way of fostering professional development for teachers through which they can increase their communication skills and also learn how to manage a huge group of people successfully.
Purpose and Benefits of Professional Development
The purpose and benefits of professional development for teachers are as follows:
Improves Communication Skills
Teachers must communicate frequently to teach their subject effectively but it is equally important to interact with students and ensure they are understanding what is being taught. For this, a teacher should have good communication skills and professional development can improve their communication skills.
Improves Class Management Skills
Professional development enables them to manage the classroom more efficiently through training and activities that train them to manage a huge group of people.
Obtain Professional Certification
These days, it is mandatory for teachers to hold a professional certification of teacher training so that they can be eligible to practice the profession and be more aware of the things they need to consider when teaching. Professional development, hence, allows teachers to obtain professional certifications.
Improve Interpersonal Skills
Interpersonal skills to communicate effectively not only with learners but with other teachers and staff is necessary too. Training in improving one’s interpersonal skills is therefore necessary and this can be achieved through professional development.
Enhances Leadership Skills
Having leadership skills is extremely necessary for teachers because they must be able to have a command over the class. Professional development enhances the leadership skills of teachers.
The world is run by artificial intelligence and with the gradual dominance of digital tools, teachers must be adept at using the necessary technology for which they need to train in improving their technical skills. Professional development enables teachers to adopt modern tools and technology to make learning more effective and advanced.
Makes Teaching More Effective
For the teaching-learning process to be effective, teachers need to undergo professional development so that they can undertake the requisites of a classroom and can teach accordingly.
Teaching is a profession that yields other professions and therefore, it is extremely necessary for teachers to be good at their profession and go through professional development.